Governor Barbara Roberts Shares Her Oregon Story

Before a rapt audience at Portland's Laura Russo Gallery on Tuesday, April 10, Governor Barbara Roberts told of her Oregon roots, her perspective and experiences in Oregon politics, and her idea's for Oregon's future.

For the People (But Really): The challenge of effective public engagement


Oregon is often cited as a leader in civic engagement: Robert Putnam called us a state of "joiners." Many of Oregon's state programs, including Oregon's land use program, are rooted with requirements for public involvement, but are Oregon's current public engagement practices still ahead of the curve?

Event Date: 
Sun, 04/22/2012 - 10:30am - 1:00pm

Oregon Cities Grow More, Expand Less than National Average

Dave Garlock, 1000 Friends Communication Intern
Thu, 04/05/2012 (All day)

An aerial view of the Urban Growth Boundary in Cornelius, OregonAmerican cities are growing rapidly, and across much of the country this has meant further sprawl. But a look at the most recent U.S.

Living Future unConference - Portland


Living Future

Event Date: 
Wed, 05/02/2012 (All day) - Fri, 05/04/2012 (All day)

Going Places: From Medford to Portland, Employers Are Stepping Up for Walkable Workplaces

Walkability shouldn’t be a value limited to where we live. More and more Oregonians want to work in places within easy walking distance of amenities and services they need to access throughout the day. Smart employers are recognizing this trend, and meeting it.

It’s not something limited to the commercial districts of large cities, either. Almost every Oregon community has great potential to attract and sustain the growing number of employees interested in walkable workplaces.

The Livability List: Social Media Highlights, March 27-April 3

In this world of constant communication, it's hard to keep up with all the news in planning, land use, and agriculture. On Twitter and Facebook, 1000 Friends strives to keep you informed about what matters. In case you don't follow us, though, we're happy to introduce this feature, highlighting some interesting recent posts.

Simple Math: Investing in Downtowns Creates More Value

Emily Badger
Atlantic Cities
Fri, 03/30/2012 (All day)

The more you consider the math, the more it's obvious: investing in downtowns and existing neighborhoods isn't just an expression of values, it's a creator of value. It's value that stays in the community and is reinvested again and again.

This is true for urban and suburban cities, and small towns across Oregon:

Land Use Leadership Initiative Participants Visit Wine Country

On Saturday, March 10, participants in 1000 Friends of Oregon's Land Use Leadership Initiative had the opportunity to head to Yamhill County to consider how land use policies impact and support the wine industry in Oregon.

1000 Friends Releases New Face of Farming Report and Videos

In 2011, we traveled the state listening to farmers and ranchers discuss how Oregon's land use planning program can continue supporting today's changing agricultural practices. We called this project the New Face of Farming initiative.

Chris Leinberger Talks with Land Use Leadership Initiative Participants

Kevin Pozzi, Communications Intern
Tue, 02/21/2012 (All day)

Prior to a formal address on Wednesday evening, author, developer and self-described ‘land-use strategist’ Chris Leinberger led an engaging discussion over coffee and cookies with the Land Use Leadership Initiative participants at 1000 Friends of Oregon’s office.

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